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Gibson nut slot angle?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Marc Morfei, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. Marc Morfei

    Marc Morfei Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I picked up this used Epiphone 339 recently from someone. It's in great shape and plays really well, definitely worth what I paid. Not sure if the original owner had anything done to the nut or not, but setup is great, the guitar intonates perfectly, all the notes are in tune, even up at the top frets.

    So here is my question: I am used to Fenders where the tuner pegs are lined up directly with the slots in the nut, and the strings travel in a straight line, breaking only downward. This is my first Gibson-style guitar, where the string breaks sideways as well as down. It seems to create an odd situation right at the slot.

    Really here is my question: Does this look normal for this type of guitar? Should there be some kind of string tree or guide to keep the string straight at the nut slot? I guess not, since I never see these on Gibson guitars. Anyway, just looking for reassurance or information. Thanks,

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  2. _MementoMori_

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    Totally normal. Beautiful guitar too! I've had the itch recently for a semi-hollow body.
     
  3. northernguitar

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    All that matters. Happy NGD, looks sweet.
     
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    Slots should be angled to the tuners.
     
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  5. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Poster Extraordinaire

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    That is normal. There is some disagreement with different techs on whether to round the exit of the slot so the string goes straight to the tuner - either way works. The unfortunate thing is with some head designs strings foul with posts from other strings.
     
  6. northernguitar

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    Illusion, or do D&G slots appear angled?
     
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    They do look angled, as they need to be so the string doesn't pop out due to having a sideways break angle at the shallow exit.

    Edit: I guess that's just my opinion though.
     
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  8. northernguitar

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    Yeah...and that’s not usually something you see on a stock Epi (or Gibson) nut. As good as they make guitars and pickups, the nut on a Gibson/Epiphone usually stink.
     
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  9. schmee

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    I think it's normal. I make my nut slots into a funnel shape... but that's just me..
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